Establishing Mentoring Pipeline of Women through Education and Research in STEM
EMPOWERS is an organization to engage in and create programs in education, research, and community activities to support and enrich student participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in the state of West Virginia, with a primary focus on K -12 female students.
Inaugural EMPOWERS Annual Event
On May 5th 2019, EMPOWERS celebrated its Inaugural Annual Event in Charleston West Virginia. During this celebration EMPOWERS teamed up with NCWIT and NASA WV Consortium to honor outstanding K12 students and teachers in the Mountain State. EMPOWERS awarded scholarships to five K12 female students and NCWIT awarded eight K12 female students for their participation in the organization’s Aspirations in Computing program. NASA WV Consortium also provided scholarships to three undergraduate students in STEM fields. The speakers of this ceremony included Dr. Afrin Naz, Chair of EMPOWERS; Eva Bradshaw, NCWIT Regional Affiliate Manager; Jan Barth, Assistant State Superintendent in the West Virginia Department of Education Division of Teaching and Learning; Anne Barth, Executive Director of TechConnect West Virginia, Michelle Foster, President and CEO of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation; and Gayle Manchin, educator and former first lady of West Virginia.
Girls Interested in Rapidly Learning Software (GIRLS) is a workshop for middle school girls to learn the basics of programming and get hands-on in different programming languages. The “GIRLS” program is sponsored by National Center for Women & Technology (NCWIT).
Girls at WVSU funded by NASA WV Space Grant Consortium is a summer camp that aims to promote interest in STEM through hands-on, stimulating and age appropriate activities from a curriculum designed by MIT Edgerton Center.